Comprehensive Eye Exams in Austin, Texas
Welcome to our practice! We want to be your trusted provider of quality eye health and vision care for all the members of your family!
We understand that your eyes are precious and that’s why we are committed to delivering comprehensive eye exams that go beyond just checking your vision.
Our team of experienced eye doctors uses the latest technology to evaluate your visual acuity, detect early signs of eye diseases and other medical conditions, and assess how well your eyes work together.
What should you expect during a comprehensive eye exam?
Don’t worry, all tests are painless and our friendly technicians will explain each test before performing them.
Your exam may take up to an hour depending on the number and complexity of tests required to fully examine your eye health and vision.
A comprehensive eye exam is a thorough evaluation of your visual acuity, eye health, and how well your eyes work together.
The specific tests and procedures used during a comprehensive eye exam may vary depending on your individual needs and risk factors, but generally include the following:
- Visual acuity test: This test measures how well you can see at different distances using an eye chart. Your eye doctor will ask you to read letters or symbols on a chart from a specific distance to determine your visual acuity and whether you need glasses or contact lenses.
- Refraction test: Which is better, 1 or 2? No pressure here—just tell us if one looks clearer or if the two choices look the same.
- Eye pressure test: Everyone’s favorite—that dreaded air puff test. It is important and is used to screen for glaucoma, a disease that can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss.
- Visual field test: This test measures your peripheral vision and can help detect blind spots or other visual field defects that may be caused by glaucoma, retinal disorders, or neurological conditions.
- Cover test: This test evaluates how well your eyes work together and can detect eye muscle imbalances or double vision problems.
- Slit lamp exam: This test uses a special microscope to examine the front of your eye, including the cornea, iris, and lens. It can help detect eye infections, injuries, and other conditions affecting the front of the eye.
- Dilated eye exam or retinal scan: During this exam, your eye doctor will evaluate the back of your eye. This can help detect eye diseases and conditions affecting the retina and optic nerve, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and optic neuritis.
All of these components are an important part of maintaining healthy eyes and can help detect eye diseases and other medical conditions before they cause irreversible vision loss.
Our team of eye care professionals is here to help you protect your vision and see clearly for years to come. Contact our office today to schedule your next comprehensive eye exam with us.
Can I do an eye exam online?
No, we don’t offer online eye exams. Online eye exams can’t detect signs of eye diseases or other health conditions. The best way to ensure your eyes are healthy is to see an eye doctor for an in-person evaluation.
What is included in an eye exam?
-Visual acuity to assess the sharpness of your vision
-Visual fields test to determine if you have blind spots or peripheral vision issues.
-Cover test, which can identify eye turns or eye teaming problems.
-Retinoscopy, autorefractor to approximate your eyeglass prescription.
-Refraction to fine-tune the final eyeglass prescription
-Slit lamp exam to detect common eye diseases and conditions. This instrument allows your doctor to examine the structure of your eye to assess its health.
-Glaucoma test, known as tonometry, measures the pressure within your eye.
-Dilation of the pupil and/or retinal scan to examine the optic nerve, retina, and blood vessels.
What diseases can be detected in an eye exam?
An eye exam can help us diagnose a variety of eye diseases and conditions:
- Macular degeneration
- Retinal dystrophies
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid disease
How often do I need an eye exam?
We recommend seeing an eye doctor once a year to keep your prescription current and look for signs of issues, even if you think your vision is fine.
Is it necessary for the doctor to dilate my pupils during the exam?
Whether eye dilation during an exam is necessary depends on the reason for your exam, your age, your overall health, and your risk of eye diseases. Either dilation or a retinal scan is needed annually to evaluate the ocular health of the eye.